Obituaries

Donna Tatkowski

Donna R. Tatkowski, 90, died at her home outside of Bowling Green, Ohio. She was born October 20, 1926 to the late Howard and Nettie (Parcher) Rentz. She graduated from Hamler High School where she met her first husband Donald E. Punches. They were married in 1949 and had nine children. He died in 1964 from an auto accident. Donna is survived by her four daughters: Connie Punches, Deshler; Karen (Larry) Panning, McClure; Nancy Martin, Bowling Green; Colleen Johnston, Hamilton, Indiana; and her five sons: Rob (Donna) Punches, Bowling Green; Dan (Marilyn) Punches, Toledo; Bill (Brenda) Punches, Bowling Green; John Punches, McClure; and Tracy (Cassie) Punches, Grand Rapids, Ohio. She has 20 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Clarence, Harmon, Paul, Heb, Harold, Burl, Owen, and sisters Ethel, Mary, Betty, Helen, and Thelma. Donna was married on July 20, 1974 for 43 years to her loving husband Daniel Tatkowski who survives in rural Bowling Green, Ohio. They enjoyed traveling, gardening, and eating out. She was a member of Hamler American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be private.  Arrangements have been entrusted with the Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home, 24084 W. Second Street, Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522. Tele: 419-832-2511. Memorial Contributions may be gifted in Donna’s honor to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for Donna’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on July 19, 2017.


Kathleen Coffman

Kathleen Delores Coffman, formerly of Bowling Green, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017 at Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Living Community after an 11-year long and graceful struggle with dementia. Kathleen was born on September 21, 1926 in Defiance, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Rose Mack. She married her loving husband Malcolm on July 10, 1948 and he predeceased her in 2009. Kathleen was a 1944 graduate of Defiance High School and a 1947 graduate of Mercy School of Nursing, Toledo, Ohio. Part of her career as a registered nurse included 26 years taking care of college students at the Bowling Green State University Student Health Center. Kathleen will be remembered as one who spontaneously offered her assistance to take care of the needs of others. She never shied away from helping those less fortunate whether it was volunteering at St.Louis Soup Kitchen or visiting and aiding family and friends with health or personal issues. Many experienced the warmth of her hand embrace that instantaneously left one feeling welcomed, appreciated or comforted. She was always a humble advocate for all and truly displayed her Christian faith in her compassion and kindness. Kathleen was also the consummate hostess and loved every minute of it. Many will remember gatherings, especially 4th of July celebrations, at the Coffman family pool. It was important for her to always make sure that guests felt comfortable and welcome in her home. She was always more concerned about others than herself, but she would not have had it any other way. Her kindness and caring was her calling and her way of life. She is lovingly…


Raye E Klopfenstein, Jr

Raye Eugene Klopfenstein, Jr., was born October 31, 1946, to Raye Klopfenstein Sr. and Betty Drain Klopfenstein of Portage, Ohio. The family will accept visitors starting at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street with private service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Because Raye’s many friends and colleagues live in Michigan, a memorial service will be held in Michigan at Faith Lutheran Church, 50600 Shelby Rd., Shelby Twp. MI 48317 in the near future. Details will follow on this site. Raye enjoyed his childhood there so much that upon retirement from Utica Community Schools in 2004, he wanted to return to his roots and bought the Klopfenstein farmhouse in order to restore it. His father’s work took them to Michigan in 10th grade, and he graduated from Ferndale High School in 1964. He attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he met his wife Emily Gross Klopfenstein. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Education in 1969. Raye went on to earn his Master of Arts in Education from Michigan State University in 1979. Raye and Emily, also a teacher, were married on November 24, 1967. Raye began his career with Utica Community Schools and settled in Shelby Township, Michigan where he taught fifth and sixth grade. In 1977 he became a media center teacher and was instrumental in bringing computer education to the school system. Thanks to a grant acquired from the Abrams Foundation, Raye started a special science and technology program based on space exploration. It was called Project INSPIRE and…


Mary L Fuelber

Mary L. Myers Fuelber died on June 28, 2017, at her home.  She was born to Charles F. and Elma Muenster on January 25, 1919. In 1942 she married Earl E. “Bud” Myers who died in 1979. In 1984 she married MacLaren Fuelber, who died in 1987. Mrs. Myers Fuelber was a past president of the Bowling Green Women’s Club as well as a Past President and founding member of the Wood County Hospital Guild, including being Art Chairman.  She procured numerous paintings and photographs which are displayed throughout the Hospital. Mary took art classes at various venues including, the Toledo Museum of Art and Bowling Green State University.  Her musical talents were fostered at a young age at the Michigan Conservatory of Music, with private teachers.  She directed both the youth and adult choirs in Pemberville at the Methodist Church.  Mary enjoyed collecting and playing ancient and folk instruments. A dedicated gardener and bird watcher, Mary was a lover of nature and a concerned conservationist. Mrs. Myers Fuelber is survived by three children: James S. Myers, Midland, Michigan; M. Susan (Myers) Bomlitz, rural Pemberville, Ohio; and Mary K. Myers, rural Perrysburg, Ohio, along with seven grandchildren and nine great children. There will be no visitation or public service and private interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetary, Bowling Green. Ohio.  Arrangements are being handled by Dunn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice. To share an online condolence with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on July 1, 2017.


Annette ‘Nettie’ Marie Schaller

“Nettie” Annette Marie (Hammer) Schaller, age 54, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away in her home on Friday June 23, 2017. She was born May 1, 1963 and grew up in Kansas, Ohio. Nettie was a graduate of Lakota High School in 1981 and Tiffin Academy of Hair Design in 1984. As a hair stylist and salon owner she touched the lives of so many people. Nettie loved to love people. It was not uncommon for her to make visits to her clients at their home or in the hospital if they were unable to come into the salon. She was an avid cook and enjoyed sharing the food she prepared with family and friends. Nettie cherished spending time with her family and welcomed any reason to have a gathering. She is survived by her pride and joys, daughter Maggie Schaller and son Jack Schaller both of Bowling Green. Also surviving are 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Diane Weaver (Jim) Columbus, OH, Steve Hammer (Theresa) Blain, MN, Tom Hammer (Kim) Findlay, OH, Marianne Thomas (Jeff) Findlay, OH, and Lori Henry (Rick) Carey, OH and many adored nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. All of whom she loved and touched deeply. Nettie was preceded in death by her parents, Garold J. Hammer and Reva A. Hammer. Visitation will be held on Friday June 30, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 W. Wooster St. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given in Nettie’s memory to Maggie and Jack’s Scholarship Fund, checks can be made payable to…


Mary E Marten

Mary Elizabeth Marten (Dunipace), of Bowling Green, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2017 after a short but courageous struggle with Cancer. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard (Dick) Marten, her mother, Elizabeth Dunipace, her father, Jim Dunipace, and her sister Karen Goins. She is survived and lovingly remembered by her five daughters: Erin Marten, Bowling Green, Erica Marten, Bowling Green, Keri (Brad) Hain, Bowling Green, Katie (Thomas) Downie, Bowling Green, and Kelly (David) Mileski, of Oak Park, Michigan. She will be forever missed by her seven grandchildren: Nate, Kaleb, Marley, Arrow, June, Sage, and Calvin. She is also cherished by her brothers and in-laws, and by her many friends and co-workers in the local Wood and Lucas County real estate communities. Mary was born and raised in Bowling Green. She received a business degree from Owens Community College in 1996 and graduated with highest honors. Among her proudest life’s achievements was raising her five daughters. She was also well established in the area as a successful real estate agent and very bright business woman. Co-workers at A.A. Green Realty describe her as the “tech guru” of the office and a constant go-to for help, advice, and encouragement. Mary served as Director and Secretary of the Wood County Board of Realtors for 17 years. In 2014, Mary received the Board of Realtors Legacy Award in recognition for her career-long contribution to area real estate and acknowledging the impact that she has had over the years. Mary will always and forever be remembered for living a life defined by service for others. Not a single person who…


Richard E Powers

Richard “Dick” Powers was born on August 11, 1932 to Eleanor (Kuebler) Powers and Quincy Kay Powers  and passed away on June 19, 2017.  He graduated from Galion High School in 1951 and then enlisted in the US Navy serving from 1952-1956.   Dick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Bowling Green State University in 1960 and went on to serve as Director of Purchasing for BGSU until his retirement in 1993. Dick was happily married to Ellie for 59 years.  They delighted in traveling and visiting friends together and were active volunteers throughout the BG community.  The Ice Horizons, the National Tractor Pull, and the Ohio-Ontario Games all benefited from their commitment to community involvement.  Dick was a member of the Presbyterian Church and served for 15 years as a Deacon. He was actively involved in the Bowling Green Exchange Club, the Pi Kappa Fraternity Delta Beta Chapter, the Tontogany American Legion Post 0441, and the Maumee-BG Elks Lodge #1850.  Dick was a charter member of the BGSU Falcon Club and the Bowling Green Blueliner Association.  He loved being at the Ice Arena and considered many there to be his extended family.  Dick coached youth hockey for 13 years, managed youth hockey travel teams, and served as an off-ice official for both BG High School Bobcat Hockey and BGSU Falcon Hockey for over 25 years. In 1997, Dick was names BG’s Outstanding Male Citizen of the year. Dick loved his family and could always be spotted at BG School events, Carter Park, and the Ice Arena cheering on his grandchildren and their friends.  He is survived by his…


John P Walker

John Paul Walker (Fat Cat), 74, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 peacefully at home with his family and loved ones by his side. He was born December 31, 1942 in Norwalk, Ohio to Milo and Adelaide (Scheid) Walker. He married Jacqueline (Jackie) White on June 26, 1965 and she survives in Bowling Green. John was a professional truck driver for 32 years. He received a driver’s award for driving 500,000 miles safely for five years. He was a Merchant Marine, loved the Cleveland Indians and Lionel trains and enjoyed watching western movies. His greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family. He was a family oriented man that loved his eight siblings, loving husband, best father ever to his four children and was a wonderful uncle. Along with his loving wife of 51 years Jackie, John is survived by his children Gayle (Brian) Kreais of Fostoria, Ohio, Christopher Walker of Bowling Green, Carrie (Michael) Frey of Sandusky, Ohio and Keith Walker of Fostoria, Ohio. He is also survived by his siblings Betty (Bill) Buckingham of Willard, Ohio, Ruth Ebert of Poland, Ohio, Dorothy (Ronald) Atkinson of Norwalk, Ohio, Kathy (Larry) Werner of Norwalk, Ohio and Carolyn (Michael) Parrish of Douglasville, Georgia, numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews and In-Laws Rhoda White, Karen Wasil and Russ Brenner He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rita (Lee) Baumeister, sister Mary Jordan, brother Tim (Margie) Walker and brother-in-law Dan Ebert. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 South…


Blake A Kendrick

Blake A. Kendrick, 23, of McComb, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Monday June 19, 2017.   Blake was born in Bluffton, Ohio to Steve Dotson and Jodi Kendrick. Blake is survived by his mother Jodi (Craig Huffine) Kendrick of Deshler, Ohio; siblings: Brandon (Alex) Kendrick of Findlay, Brittany (Josh) Sattler of Arcadia, Nick (Allison) Huffine of Portage and Madison Huffine of Bowling Green; uncle: Jerry Sigler and Robert Dotson; an aunt Pam Hadding; nieces: Haidyn and Riley; nephews: Lawsyn and Brantley; cousins: Destiny Caldwell, Andrea Hudson, Makenzy and Kaylee Dauterman, Alicia and Ramiro Sigler, James and Chris Hadding; his canine companions Angel and Diamond. He was preceded in death by his father Steve Dotson, grandpa: Charles Sigler, grandmas: Helen Dotson, Mary Sterrett and Rita Zeiter; aunt Sonja Hudson and an uncle Chuck Sigler. and his girlfriend Marie Beach.   Blake was a 2012 graduate of McComb High School and was currently a student at James A. Rhodes State College studying Applied Business and Human Resources. He enjoyed racing his CR250R dirt bike and competed in Motorcross racing, winning many competitions. Blake also enjoyed cruising in his Mazda RX8 and riding go-karts. Blake had no fear and was a Gear Head that could fix anything. Blake loved spending time with his family, whether it was camping, going to cookouts, having a bonfire or being at the river on the boat. He will always be remembered for his manners and big heart.   Visitation for Blake will be on Friday June 23, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00 PM at the HARTLEY- HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 370 Park Dr S., McComb, Ohio 45858, Drew DeVore, Funeral Director. His Celebration of Life Service…


Becci Leigh Moindi Plumley

Becci Leigh Moindi Plumley took the world by storm on May 15th, 1980. She was a happy child with a zest for life and a sprightly smile; a smile that touched thousands. She was a hard worker, a generous giver and an avid partier. Her greatest joy was her daughter, Khloi Kerubo Moindi. They had many grand adventures together, climbing rock walls, hiking through woods, trips to the sea, color runs, roller skating and museums. Her greatest achievement was losing 130 pounds through diet and hard work at the gym. Though she felt comfortable in her own skin, her goals were to run with Khloi and encourage many by taking monthly pictures of herself and posting them on Facebook. Her greatest love was her husband, Adam Plumley. They met and fell in love as teenagers, grew apart, and then reconnected after many years, finding their love again. His sorrow is greater than the salt in the oceans. Becci passed away June 12, 2017. She is survived by her husband Adam Plumley, her daughter Khloi Moindi, her mother Barb Wilhelm, her sisters Shannon Wilhelm and Jamie (John) Pozy, her brother Adam (Tracie) Wilhelm, maternal grandmother: Shirley Sheldrick; seven nieces and nephews, her two favorite cousins, James and Erin Wilhelm and her cat, Kate the Cat. Her loving father, Keith Wilhelm preceded her in death. Through her vivacity she left the world a better place yet darker through her passing. In Becci’s honor the family would like to request for friends and family to bring in their favorite picture with Becci or written memory for a scrapbook to be made for her…


Walter “Walt” R Beeker

Walter “Walt” R. Beeker, 74, of Bowling Green passed away Saturday June 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Walt was born on August 30, 1942 in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Walter and Dorothy (Aufdenkamp) Beeker. Walter’s father passed away before he was born and was raised by his step-father Grover Burditt who also preceded him in death.  He married Sandra Michaelis on August 20, 1962 in Bowling Green, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on September 10, 1972. He then married Patricia (Bechstein) Huling on March 2, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving are his children: Steve Beeker of Toledo, Ohio; Scott (DeAnna) Beeker of Weston, Ohio; Shad (Shari) Beeker of Bowling Green, Ohio; Shelly (Greg) Franks of Sandusky, Ohio; Danielle Hughes of Port Jefferson, Ohio; Jenny Huling of Bowling Green, Ohio; and Todd Huling of Weston, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sister: Carolyn (Ron) Pultz of Bowling Green, Ohio ;brothers: Charles (Rachel) Burditt and Mark Burditt of Deshler, Ohio and a brother in law Tom Stock of Weston, Ohio. Walt was also preceded in death by his sister Charlotte Stock. Walt was a 1960 graduate of Bowling Green High School and was a Detective for the Bowling Green State University Police Department retiring in 2001 as a Corporal .  He then went to work at the Bowling Green Municipal Court where he worked as a Bailiff.  Walt was a member of the First Christian Church in Bowling Green, a member of the Wood County F& AM #112, 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo,…


Elinore Sheperd

Elinore Sheperd, 81 of Bowling Green passed away Thursday June 8, 2017 in Pulaski, Tennessee. Elinore was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Ralph and Juantia (Palmer) Smeaton. She married James Sheperd on June 18, 1954 and he preceded her in death. Elinore is survived by her children: James (Lynette) Sheperd of Prospect, Tennessee and Christine (Larry) Reed of Bowling Green; grandchildren: Benjamin Simpkins, Hollie Root, Harold McDaniels, Megan Owens, Karen Cron and Jessica Sheperd; great-grandchildren: William Root, Joseph McDaniels, Harley Root, Rena McDaniels, Elijah Phillips, R.J. Rosson, Ashton McCandless, Bentley Rosson, Ronnie Klostermeier, and Remington Owens; half-brother Mark Repasz and a brother in-law Ira Powell. She was preceded in death by her daughter: Nancy Sheperd, granddaughter: Mandy Sheperd; a great-grandson: Perry Phillips and a sister: Teresa Powell. Elinore worked at the Wood County Senior Center in the kitchen and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who were her pride and joy. Graveside Service will be held on Monday July 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Portage Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be gifted in Elinore’s honor to the Crippled Children’s Fund or to the Shriner Hospital. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories may be sent to Elinore’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on June 12, 2017.


Donald G Downie

Donald G. Downie, 59, of Bowling Green passed away Wednesday June 7, 2017 after a battle with Huntington’s Disease. Don was born on Nov. 2, 1957, in Ashtabula, Ohio to late Joseph and Carolyn (Swanson) Downie. He married Paula Roth on Aug. 25, 1979 at BGSU’s Prout Chapel and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving are his children: Cassandra (Adam) Saunders of Franklin, Ohio and Thomas (Katie) Downie of Bowling Green; sisters: Rebecca Bartel of Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Susan Carr of Panesville, Ohio; Diane Olekshuk of Conneaut, Ohio ; brothers: Joseph Downie II of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio, and David (Jodee) Downie Geneva, Ohio; grandchildren: Amelia and Oliver Saunders and Calvin Downie.  He was preceded in death by his three sisters: Sally Condra, Barbara and Katrina Downie. Don graduated from Ashtabula High School in ’76 and BGSU with a degree in Information Technology. He worked several years at BGSU, Intelidata, Mazada, and retired from Medical Mutual (Toledo & Cleveland).  Don was an avid runner and enjoyed fishing and gardening.  Don was a diehard Cleveland Sports fan, especially the Cleveland Indians. Family was the most important part of Don’s life, he coached his children in cross country, soccer, and wrestling.  He also helped them build and construct home projects. Don graciously donated his body to the University of Toledo Medical Center for medical research. A Private Memorial Service will be held. The family would like to thank family and friends, Dr. Elmer and Kristen, The Bowling Green Care Center and St. Catherine Nursing Home in Findlay for the support and care they have shown Don and his family over the years. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green. In…


Robert C Drake

Robert C. Drake, 92, of Bowling Green, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born May 16, 1925 in North Baltimore to Harley and Mary (Whitacre) Drake.  He married Norma Price on March 3, 1947 and she survives. Mr. Drake served his country during two wars and in three branches of the military.  He was in the Navy during World War II, the Army during the Korean War and retired as Senior Master Sergeant E-8 from the Air Force after serving with Ohio Air National Guard’s 180thFighter Group in Toledo.  He left high school to join the Navy serving 3 years part of which was as a assult landing craft member for the invasion of New Guinea and Palsluaia. He received the Bronze star with a V for Valor during the Korean War. Following his Korean War service he was on the Bowling Green Police Force and after he retired from the Air Force he was Police Chief for the Village of Portage for twenty years. He coached Pee Wee league baseball in both Bowling Green and Rudolph and was one of the founding Bowling Green citizens of the Pee Wee League program, helping to build the first lighted fields in the city.  Mr. Drake had a craft shop and enjoyed military model airplanes. In addition to his wife, Norma left to mourn his passing are sons, Ron (Teri) McNutt of Carson City, NV., Don (Rita) McNutt of Port Clinton, Jerry (Diane) Drake of Bowling Green, Jeff (Kathy) Drake of Pataskala, OH., Charley (Su) Drake of Bowling Green; daughters, Sue (Robert) Kepling of Bowling Green…


Patricia A Lambert

Our beloved sister, Patricia A. Lambert (Neifer), age 74, of 947 Champagne Avenue, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, surrounded by her family, at the Bridge Hospice Center on Klotz Road.    She was born August 10, 1942, in Mineral Wells, Texas to John and Margaret Neifer (Breilmarer). She was preceded by her mother Margaret B. and father John R. Neifer, and husband David Jack Lambert, sister Rosemarie Ann Kays.    She is survived by her son David Lambert, sister Paula (Pat) Hamper of Keyser, W.V., brother Terry (Sharon) Neifer of Toledo, OH, her niece Amber Whiley, of Toledo, OH, and nephew Christopher John Kays of Bowling Green, OH. Living most of her life in Bowling Green, she graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School in 1961.  She worked at the Wood County Public Library, then the Bowling Green State University Library, until she retired in 1993. She married David Jack Lambert in 1975, her son David Lambert was born February 8, 1984.   She loved family, children, gardening and was an avid reader.  She volunteered at Conneaut School, St. Aloysius Church and St. Thomas Moore Church. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green, OH.   Visitation will be held at the church, from 9:00am to 10:00am. Dunn Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Koman of Northwest Ohio, or St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green Ohio. To share an online condolence with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on June 12, 2017.


Randy H Miller

Randy Harold Miller, 62, of Portage, Ohio passed away Tuesday June 6, 2017. He was born February 8, 1955 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Harold and Eileen (Giesler) Miller. Randy was a 1977 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. While attending Ohio State he was active in the Campus Crusade for Christ. Randy was a lifelong farmer, member of the Bowling Green Alliance Church, Wood County Farm Bureau and former member of Grain Acres. He enjoyed traveling, photography, keeping in touch with his friends and family through social media and also keeping up with local events by reading the Sentinel Tribune daily. Randy had a wonderful sense of humor. His greatest joy in life came from time he spent with his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by his sons Ryan (Kate) Miller of Portage, Ohio and Christopher (Jennifer) Miller of Columbus, Ohio, sister Susan (Larry) Ragan of Youngsville, North Carolina, aunt Esther Metzger of Bowling Green, Ohio and his five grandchildren 5-year-old Phoenix, 4-year-old Nash, 2-year-old Knox, 6-year-old Hayley and 4-year-old Kinzie. Visitation will be held on Monday June 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bowling Green Alliance Church, 1161 Napoleon Road. Pastor Dennis Gugger and Rev. John Randall will officiate. Interment will follow at Wingston Cemetery in Rudolph, Ohio. Additional visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the church. Memorial contributions may be given…


Dale E Lang

Dale E. Lang, age 54, of Bowling Green, OH, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green, OH. He was born on April 30, 1963 in Toledo, OH to Paul and Sally (Jones) Lang. On October 21, 1989, he married Renee Warner in Haskins, OH. Dale’s employments included: Empire Petroleum, Toledo, Disc Environmental Services, Northwood and presently he is the owner and operator of R&D Lawn Services, LLC. In his spare time, he coached baseball and hockey, attended all of his children’s activities and especially enjoyed fishing. He loved to talk to people and he never knew a stranger. Dale was a genuine soul that never put on a front which was why he was so loved by his family, friends and customers. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone without expecting anything in return. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 27 years: Renee, children: Cody (Ashley) Lang of Toledo, Alyssa Lang of Bowling Green, sisters: Sharla (Jeff) Patterson of Monroe, MI, Kimra (Dwight) Sutton of Delaware, OH, Marla Lang and Ronda Karas both of Whitehouse, brother: David Lang of Perrysburg and father and mother-in-law: David and Alice Warner of Bowling Green. He was preceded in death by his parents: Paul and Sally Lang. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:00 from Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Thomas. In lieu of flowers memorials may take the form of contributions to the family. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a…


Glen L Gamber

Glen L. Gamber, age 94, of Bowling Green, OH, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Heritage Corners, Bowling Green, OH. He was born on May 19, 1923 in Delta, OH to Harry and Myrtle (DeShetler) Gamber. On November 11, 1945, he married Beverly Becker in Wauseon, OH and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2012. In 1988, he retired from the former Citizens Savings Bank, Pemberville as Vice President. Glen served his country proudly while enlisted in the United States Navy from 1942-1946. His memberships included: First Christian Church of Bowling Green, Past District Governor of the Lion’s Club, Pemberville American Legion Freedom Post #183 and VFW Post #1148, Bowling Green. Glen is survived on is survived by his children: Richard (Lyn) Gamber of Delta, Julie (David) Fronk of Celina, Mark (Carol) Gamber of Toledo and Glenda (Dale) Schwartz of Weston, 9 grandchildren, 11great grandchildren and 4 great great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Beverly, one granddaughter and one great grandson. Family and friends will be received on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM from First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, OH with additional visitation from 9:30-10:00 AM. A bereavement luncheon will be served at the church immediately following the funeral services. Interment will be in Wauseon Union Cemetery, Wauseon, OH at 1:00 PM. Consideration for memorial contributions may be made to: First Christian Church of Bowling Green Food Bank. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on…


Donald Gary Stretchberry

Donald Gary Stretchberry, 72, of Weston passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on Friday, June 2, 2017. Gary was born in Weston to the late Donald and Ann (Elchisco) Stretchberry.  Gary married the love of his life Emily Johnson on March 27, 1965 in Custar, Ohio and she preceded him in death on December 29, 2016. Gary is survived by his daughters; Lisa (Kevin) Kennedy and Julie (Rodney) Wichman both of Weston, grandchildren; Mitchell Kennedy, Paige Hoffman, Jaiden Wichman and Abbygail Wichman, sisters;   Sandra (Dick) Hillier, Linda (Mike) Damron and brother Dave (Kim) Stretchberry. Gary, better known as “Stretch”, was a laborer at Campbell Soup and then worked at American Can Company in Whitehouse from which he retired.  Gary loved to fish.  His daughters recall fun memories of fishing with their father as young kids. They enjoyed family vacations together to the Smokey Mountains, Jamaica, Catawba Island, and Hocking Hills.  They spent many years boating and camping at Wagner’s along the Maumee River.   Camping around the pond every Labor Day weekend was a family tradition that was monitored by Gary the Camp Ground Superintendent. Gary spent much of his time at home caring for his lawn, garden and his pond.   When he was able, he would get out on the open road on his Harley Davidson Sportster.  His garage, the “Stretch Inn”, was the place to be. Family and friends of all ages would gather every weekend and a good time was always had by all.  Gary also had a group of special friends that gathered every Monday at the Stretch Inn. As Stretch was well known…


Ruth Herr

Ruth E. Herr was born on April 30, 1921 to Bernard and Carrie (Mitchell) Kyer. She was born in Camden on Gauley, West Virginia. Ruth was one of 16 children, the baby of the family. Her family moved to the Toledo area, based on employment. Ruth worked at the Toledo Airway assembly plant as a young woman, at which she met fellow employee Harlan (Bud) Herr. Bud had recently returned from the war, and Ruth often reminisced (with a twinkle in her eyes) that he was the “most handsome man” she’d ever seen. After several proposals to Ruth from Bud, they wed: Ruth became a dedicated farm wife and devoted mother. Ruth passed from this world surrounded by her loving and devoted daughter Linda and her son-in-law Don Hertzfeld. As she joins Bud (deceased 1991) she leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren (10th on the way) from her beloved grandkids. Ruth loved her many friends, discussing politics, and homemaking. But above all, she loved family. And it is returned ten fold. We will miss you, Gram. A private memorial will be held. The family wishes to express gratitude to Wood Haven Health Care, Bowling Green. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories may be sent to the Ruth’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on June 12, 2017.


Penny Gonzales

Penny Gonzales, 50, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away unexpectedly May 27, 2017. Penny was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to Roger and Patty (Tolle) Lewis. She married Charles “Charlie” Gonzales on July 15, 2000 in Bowling Green, Ohio and he survives. Penny graduated from Otsego High School in 1984. She was employed by Toledo Mold and Die for the last 14 years as a 5k coordinator and was known as “Mama Penny” to those she worked with. Penny enjoyed camping, playing softball and was a member of Village View Church of Christ. Penny was known to help anybody in need and would never turn anyone away. Her family was the most important thing to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and even got her daughter Jami and her husband Trent together. Along with her husband, Charlie, and her mother Patty, Penny is survived by her daughters: Keri Pauff of Bowling Green, Ohio; Jami (Trent) Lambert of Lake Station, Indiana; stepson: James (Christina) Gonzales of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren: Nathaniel, Alexus, Trent Jr., Riana, and Bryson; brother: Jeffrey Lewis of Bowling Green. Penny was preceded in death by her father, Roger Lewis. Visitation for Penny will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 10:00 AM to the time of her funeral service at 1:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. Interment will immediately follow in Tontogany Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in Penny’s honor may be given to Village View Church of Christ. Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for the…


Stanley L Reynolds

Stanley L. Reynolds, 87, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away in Wood County Hospital Sunday, June 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born December 25, 1929 in Bowling Green to the late Scott and Gladys (Tyson) Reynolds, he remained a lifelong Bowling Green resident. He married Dolores (Smith) Reynolds in 1953 and she preceded him in death in 2006. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Marcia Kennedy, Kerry Reynolds (and his wife Roxanne (Green) Reynolds), Amy MacRitchie, and Patty Reynolds; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his five siblings: Mary Jane Wilford, George Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Irene Billingsley, and Eugene Reynolds. A Bowling Green High School graduate (1949), he went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After 39 years of employment he retired from Libbey-Owens Ford in Rossford in 1989. Stanley, who will be greatly missed, was a devoted family man who enjoyed hosting many gatherings and holiday celebrations in his Ashbury Hills home. He also generously housed two grandchildren while they attended BGSU. Arrangements have been entrusted to DUNN FUNERAL HOME, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street, with visitation on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A  Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday June 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., also at Dunn. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wood County Hospital Wheeled Meals Program. Condolences can be shared at www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on June 12, 2017.


Gary Conklin

Gary Conklin, 70, of Weston, Ohio, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, died June 1, 2017, near Bowling Green, Ohio.  Established in 1868, Gary was the 5th generation of Conklins to dedicate his life to working Plane View Farms. Sharing the love of his parents to take to the sky, Gary was an avid small plane pilot and the family farm had it’s own hanger, runway, and fleet of aircraft ranging from fabric taildraggers he rebuilt by hand with his father to Cessnas used to travel the county.  He was fiercely committed to family and driven to work. He could build, craft, machine, weld and fix anything. He embodied the Farmer’s Creed – that through hard work and honest sweat, giving more to the world than you will ever take is an honor that does not come to most men.  Gary graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in Agriculture and Aviation, was a past Ohio President of International Flying Farmers of America, a member of AOPA and many other flying and farming groups. He was born May 12, 1947 to Roger and Bernice (Edwards) Conklin and was a 1965 graduate of Bowling Green Senior High School. On August 24, 1990, he married Ann (Hruska) on the Conklin family farm. Gary and Ann are members of the Lutheran Church of the Master in Perrysburg. Mr. Conklin is survived by his wife Ann Conklin, his daughters Sacha (Patrick) Crowley of Lansing, Michigan, and Bridgette (Tom) Dempsey of Cleveland, his grandchildren Kiera and Sean Crowley and Adam Dempsey and his sister Colleen Braun of Alberta, Canada. Family and friends are invited…


Zilaha B Hawkins

Zilaha B. Hawkins, 89, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday May 29, 2017. She was born August 19, 1927 in Bowling Green to Clifford and Nora (Baird) Abbott. She married Mervyn A. Hawkins December 19, 1979 and he preceded her in death January 8, 1987. Zilaha was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Cygnet, Ohio where she played piano and sang in the choir. She worked as a cook at BGSU for many years. Zilaha will be most remembered by her family as a caring and giving mother. Along with her husband Mervyn, Zilaha was preceded in death by her brothers Glen Abbott and James Abbott, sisters Marian Martin, Donella Harris, Viona Hammersmith and Inzie Hyatt. She is survived by her son Jim (Barbara) Wolff of Millbury, Ohio, her granddaughter Brooke and sisters Eleanor Anderson and Lenor Davis. Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 31, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. The funeral service will be held on Thursday June 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery in Arcadia, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to a charity of the donor’s choice. To share an online condolence with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on June 12, 2017.


Cora Shawaker

Cora H. Shawaker, 91, of Bowling Green, passed away peacefully on May 29th at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green. She was born on August 10, 1925 in Mantua, Ohio to Edward and Eva (Simpson) Newhouse. She was a “tiny” 3lb surprise being the second born fraternal twin. Her twin sister, Betty Avery survives in Marietta, GA. Cora graduated from Mantau Township in 1944 where she was active in girl’s chorus and also band playing the clarinet. Later she met and married Karl D. Shawaker of Portage, Ohio in Mantau, Ohio on September 1, 1946. Karl and Cora successfully farmed in both Portage Township and rural Bloomdale. Cora and Karl raised three daughters, Linda (John) Ferrera, Bowling Green, Connie (John) Sullivan, Cedar MI. and Karla (Dan) Ginter, deceased.  Karl also preceded Cora in death on November 15, 2011. Three granddaughters survive Lisa Rothfleisch, Bowling Green, Katie Ginter, Stryker and Megan (Jason) Rahn, Toledo with great-granddaughter Karla Gail Rahn. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. Rev. Dale Smeltzer will officiate. Interment will follow at Portage Township Cemetery. Friends will be received on Friday June 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the Wood County Senior Center. To share an online condolence with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: elizabeth roberts-zibbel on June 12, 2017.